As the 2019 season wound down to yet another year of broken hearts and missed opportunities fans were ready for more of the same. Things began to change and the face of the roster is decidedly different than last year. Tampa Bay now boasts one of the most dynamic offenses in football.
After a disappointing 2019, one of the high points was the improvement of the defense. Starting rookies in 4 major positions are never ideal. As the season got underway, fans became disgruntled with the defensive performances that lead to many leads slipping away as opposing QBs looked like locks for the Hall of Fame. Then things began to change, slowly at first, and they kept improving until the defense was one of the best around.
Fans believed the writing was on the wall and accepted another defensive rebuilding year as many of those players hit free agency. This tragic turn of events was not to be as Jason Licht made re-signing these players a priority to continue the development of this young defense that is building chemistry. Players such as Ndamukong Suh would return, the vocal leader JPP would be back, NFL sack leader Shaq Barrett would be back, Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamal Dean, along with stand-out Devin White have a year behind them, and will continue to grow and develop together. The defense, which was once a strength of the Buccaneers, has been an embarrassment for too long. Now it seems that the tide is changing.
But what of the offense? It’s already one of the most potent in the NFL. Is it is even possible that the unit has gotten better over the offseason? Have you ever built your ideal roster on a video game? Now, you don’t need the fantasy as the reality is currently watching film and taking practice in Bucs colors!
Adding Tom Brady, Gronk, and Shady McCoy to an already talented roster is bordering on unfair. Alongside established weapons like Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Cameron Brate, and OJ Howard this offense has the potential to put up video game numbers, and have opposing defensive coaches crying, “uncle” as they march to Raymond James Stadium to be the first team to win a Super Bowl in their own stadium.
This team has clearly become one of the most talented teams in the NFL on paper, the question asked by every Buccaneers fan is can they turn potential excellence into championships?